Every year, more than 11 million people visit Norway to take in the country’s incredible scenery. If you have a young family, one of the best ways to do this is by road, so you can set your own agenda and take a pitstop whenever you fancy. The family road trip from Bergen to Flåm takes around three hours without stopping, or you can make lots of little detours to take in the sights.
There are some beautiful farming villages along the way, hundreds of strawberry fields packed with fruit, and of course the incredible Geirangerfjord. Plus, the whole journey is looked over by the impressive peaks of Trollstigen.
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Finding your way
From Bergen airport, follow the signs towards Arna and get onto the E16. This is the road that will take you all the way to Flåm. The roads are narrow and scenic, so you will want to take plenty of stops along the way. If you are travelling with young children, taking regular breaks is also important to prevent travel sickness. Around a third of people are actually affected by motion sickness, so breaking up your journey will help greatly with the symptoms. If you are hiring a car, choose one that is compact and easy to drive — the road from Bergen to Flåm is extremely narrow and windy.
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The Geiranger Fjord Area
The scenery in the Geirangerfjord area is going to be the highlight of your road trip. This UNESCO-protected fjord has crystal-clear blue waters that will take your breath away. The fjord is 260 meters deep, surrounded by dramatic mountains that are 1700 meters tall. Your children will be excited by the impressive waterfalls carved out by the glaciers. Look out for the Seven Sisters fall about halfway on your trip. There are also some amazing lookout falls at Flydalsjuvet and Dalsnibba.
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Stopping for lunch
Young children need regular sustenance and there are plenty of places to stop for a bite to eat along the way – particularly some of the fruit farms, where strawberries grow enormous in the fresh Norwegian air. Try one of the farms at Valldal like Jordbærstova, where you can try some beautiful homemade dishes, including the popular strawberry cake, all made using local produce, and the Sunday lunch buffet is definitely worth stopping for.
A Family Road Trip from Bergen to Flåm
The narrow road from Bergen to Flåm is an amazing road trip for the whole family. The fjords and waterfalls are magnificent and there are plenty of lookouts where you can stop and admire the view.
Feature image (on top): Geirangjer fjord and Skageflå waterfall. Photo: Visit Norway.
A Family Road Trip from Bergen to Flåm is written for Daily Scandinavian by Karoline Gore. Karoline is a freelance writer who left the corporate grind when she started a family and has never looked back. She enjoys contributing to a range of online publications on the topics that are important to her and is a regular contributor to Daily Scandinavian.